Extreme Live Gaming have been around for a couple of years and have created a really great live blackjack product.
The game is more personal than you’ll find elsewhere and that has a lot to do with how they’ve positioned the dealers and camera in the studio. The dealer appears quite close to you so you get a more intimate feel.
The dealing studio is relatively small, so not that noisy, although you can hear Roulette in the background and some of the other dealers talking. None of which is really distracting.
Generally I find that the smaller live casino providers do offer a more intimate playing experience. I think that is largely down to the size of the studio. It feels less of a production line of tables and more like how it feels to be in a land based casino.
Anyway you’re here to read about Extreme live blackjack so I’ll get on with it.
Extreme Live Gaming offer 7 seat blackjack from a number of tables which increase as player numbers rise throughout the day.
Extreme only have one studio and that is based in Brentford, West London. It’s actually on a floor in the Novomatic building, which is Extreme’s parent company.
They have four coloured tables that they mix and match between VIP, Low stakes , higher stakes and International Languages.
Extreme Live Blackjack can be played on PC, Mobile and Tablet.
The screen on mobile is a bit small if I’m being honest and not somewhere I’d play for any length of time. Unusually it comes in two screen formats, landscape and portrait. A Tablet is better and the best is PC to play on.
At first glance the playing interface looks much the same as others, but if you look closely you see that all of the interactions you need to do with the game are listed across the bottom of the screen.
There are side panels that pop out (left and right of screen) if you click on the tabs. They display the Chat facility and Betting and Payout information.
On screen options on the toolbar include:
When you’re playing you’ll see a number of different options displayed depending on the cards you’ve been dealt or the side bets you’re playing.
You cannot use the chat facility unless you have money in your account and are sitting at a table.
At betting time you’ll need to place a bet in front of you to play the main hand. For the first couple of hands you’ll have to confirm, but if you use the re-bet feature it does it for you.
You can also place a bet on the side bets:
Insurance – If the dealer is showing an Ace then you’ll be offered insurance, which is half your bet. If the dealer has a Blackjack you’ll be paid at 2:1.
Pre-decision – If there is more than one person on the table you’ll see a little box appear under your cards when the initial deal has been completed. This allows you to pick the action you’re going to take before the dealer gets to you. It’s a good feature that speeds up play.
If you haven’t selected Pre-decision then when it’s you turn to act you’ll get the decision box displayed where you can choose to:
Hit – To take another card.
Stand – Not to take another card.
Double – you double your initial bet and take only one more card.
Split – Spit a pair into two hands and play the as separate hands.
My Blackjack strategy explains what decision to make dependent on the value of your two cards and what the dealer is showing.
If you get disconnected during a game round your hand will stand, no more cards will be dealt. If you win, the money will be paid into your player account.
A very similar live blackjack to the one from Evolution. The major omission is the Deal now button when you’re playing on your own.
What I do like, and you don’t see this very often is the dealers will ask the pit boss to free up seats if they are taken and the player isn’t playing. Quite savvy really from a business perspective and it really helps if you’re waiting to play and can’t get a seat.
I wish more of the live casinos I’ve reviewed would employ this practice.